Protect Yourself And Others
The current situation of the coronavirus has allowed the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health to ease the restrictions which were put into place last March.
Precautions Within the Church
The Church is a place of worship, prayer and celebration. The Diocese of Basel has given us guidelines for Mass attendance during this time of crisis, which you will find hanging on our Church doors. We ask all Church goers to be considerate of others. Events involving more that 1,000 people are still banned. In the church we are required to ensure that the minimum distance between people can be insured. For Good Shepherd's this means we have room for 100 people.
Time of Crisis
How can we understand what is unknown? This virus can not be predicted and people's reaction are just as unpredictable. One thing for sure is that we should treat each other with respect. This means frequent hand washing in order to protect those who you might come into contact with. It means avoiding close contact with others if at all possible. It means exercising caution if you have a cough or are sneezing. Stay at home if you have a fever and a cough. We must do our part to protect those who can not protect themselves: the weak and the elderly. They are the ones who are most vulnerable!
Let Us Pray
Kerry Weber of the Jesuit magazine America shared (with permission) the following prayer:
"Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us."
God bless and protect us all. Amen.